Update: Mir suffered a shoulder injury according to numerous reports. Read more on the injury here.
Frank Mir (9-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, has been scratched from the UFC Fight Night 9 card where he was to face Antoni Hardonk (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC). Mir has an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw from the bout, which had been one of 3 fights on the main card for the April 5th event. Sherdog is reporting that UFC newcomer Justin McCully (7-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be taking Mir’s place.
Jeff Joslin and Anthony Torres have also been removed from the card. Joslin (5-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was to face Kuniyoshi Hironaka in a preliminary bout. Anthony Torres ( 5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was also fight in a preliminaryfight against Roan Carneiro.
With the event under a month away UFC is more than likely scrambling to fill the fights in, although replacements may be in place that just haven’t been publicly announced yet. The UFC Fight Night 9 card looks somewhat empty right now considering how close the event is but I will be keeping an eye on the card for possible replacements.
Here is the complete Fight Night 9 card:
Main Card Fights:
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBD
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Thiago Tavares
Wilson Gouveia vs. Seth Petruzelli
Roan Carneiro vs. TBD